By Scott Rouch
While Greenbrier's Lady Wolfpack defeated Harlem quickly Friday night, the boys game had to go to overtime to decide a winner.
After scoring the game-tying basket in regulation, Harlem's Reggie Reid scored six of his game-high 26 points in overtime and the Bulldogs went on to down Greenbrier 67-58. Earlier in the night, the Lady Wolfpack beat the Lady Bulldogs 58-13.
Both the Lady Wolfpack and the Bulldogs earned sweeps in the season home-and-home series.
"We're close, which is hard for the kids to hear," said Wolfpack head coach Casey Heckathorn, whose squad dropped to 1-4. "We can't worry about our won-loss record and believe that good times are ahead."
The Bulldogs and the Wolfpack took turns chasing each other. The Wolfpack jumped out to a quick 7-0 start, but the Bulldogs (4-2) kept chipping away, getting it's first lead in the late stages of the first half and went into halftime up 26-25.
Starting the second period, the Bulldogs went to a full-court press, which got the Wolfpack out of its rhythm and the Bulldogs squarely back into the game.
"We forced them into some mistakes and made them play at our pace," said Bulldogs senior Dylan Farmer, who scored 16 points.
Starting the third period, Torien Beard took control, scoring the Bulldogs first 10 points as they built a 36-29 lead. He too would finish with 16 points.
The Bulldogs were seemingly in control leading 50-41 with just under five minutes left to play, but the Wolfpack (1-4) fought back and took a 55-53 lead with 1:19 to go on a Kayshawn Marshall layup.
Marshall led the Wolfpack with 15 points while Chris Brown added 14 points with three 3-pointers.
Reid would answer with a coast-to-coast layup with 43 seconds left, and the Wolfpack held the ball for a final shot, but didn't get a clean look and Reid grabbed the final rebound in regulation.
"The key was our defensive intensity and getting key rebounds in overtime, especially with four guards on the floor," said Bulldogs coach Kim Chambers. "We also did a good job of maintaining our cool when we got down."
The Bulldogs made their living off the free-throw line, converting 27-of-35 chances while conversely, the Wolfpack would convert just 12-of-27 from the charity stripe.
The Lady Wolfpack rebounded from its first loss of the season with Friday night's win.
The Lady Wolfpack (5-1) trailed 5-4, then Jennifer McMahan went to work. Spotting up in the same place the next three trips down the court, McMahan swished 3-pointers each time as the Lady Wolfpack took a 13-5 lead and never looked back.
"We had a lot to prove coming off a loss," said Lady Wolfpack point guard Morgan Taylor.
McMahan finished with 17 points for the Lady Wolfpack while Taylor added 11 in a game in which head coach Stefanie Basinger went to her bench early and often.
Olivia Fitzgerald led the Lady Bulldogs (0-5) with seven points.